Spring Meeting Keynote — Bernard Bonifas
"Uranium Industry: Overview"
Bernard Bonifas is a native of Marseille, France and received his bachelor's degree in Geology in 1985 and his Doctoral Research in Science Diploma in 1992.
Though his first two years of assignment were in gold prospection in France, Spain and Zambia, Bernard has been involved with Uranium prospection, development, production, restoration, reclamation and decommissioning for the last 30 years.
After the gold experience, Bernard was put in charge, as Chief geologist, of the Uranium production of "La Crouzille": A vast underground and surface episyenitic complex located in Central France, owned by Cogema.
In 1993 he was sent to Hebbronville, Texas to the Holiday El Mesquite Mine for a 3 week assignment. This is where he discovered, first hand, the In situ Uranium recovery production technique and the United States. He never left.
Responsible in Texas for the Alta Mesa project, he quickly became Operations Manager of the Holiday El Mesquite, O'Hern and West Cole Mines where after the production of the last wellfield, he took care of the restoration and reclamation of 25 wellfields and the demolition and decommissioning of the 3 ISR mines around Bruni, Texas.
He was transferred in 2002 to Casper, Wyoming as cost control Manager for Cogema Mining and Pathfinder. He continued the supervision of the decommissioning of the Texas asset and was involved in the production and the restoration of Christensen Ranch in the Powder River.
In 2007 he took the responsibility of General Manager for both Cogema mining and Pathfinder. During this period of Uranium "boom" he spearheaded the successful sale of Cogema Mining and created the sale package of Pathfinder.
In 2010, he accepted a position in Gabon as General Manager of COMUF, the company that discovered and mined the famous OKLO deposit.
Bernard came back to the US in 2012 and has since then been involved in the Uranium ISR production business as well as a brief stint with Uranium extraction from a Phosphate plant in Pocatello, Idaho.
For the past two years he has been mine Manager of the Energy Fuels, Nichols Ranch ISR Uranium Mines in Central Wyoming.